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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Named for the ridiculous 4 foot dirt pile we had to put our brewery on to get us out of the FEMA-designated 100 year floodplain (no-one can remember this part of Spearfish ever flooding). This robust porter is black in color, is medium-bodied and has a rich, roasted malt flavor ending with a pleasing hop flavor and mild hop bitterness.
Abv 6.0% to 6.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2014
12oz. can. Roasty, sweet aroma, full of chocolate and big, black malts with notes of espresso, hazelnut, earthiness and a touch of toffee in the background. Ebony in color, nearly opaque, with dark brown highlights and a lasting, uneven, fine, light tan head. Flavor profile is full of dark, sweet and fairly rich malts, balanced out by the bitter, coffeeish roasted malt aspects and a touch of hop bitterness and mild herbal, earthy flavors, touch of caramel here as well. Smooth and low in carbonation making it quite easy to drink, body is medium. Just your basic well-constructed Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Thanks to my mom for shipping me a 6-pack to help me get the elusive South Dakota tick. Pours dark brown with thin khaki head. Aroma of bread and chocolate. Some roast. Taste: chalk, roast, resinous hops lurking in the background. Cookie, definitely thinking cookie. Medium- body, chalky texture, good carbonation. Overall: good name, good beer -- donít mind having a few more cans of this in the fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2384) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2014

Not only does Prufrock deliver the elusive SD tick, he comes through in grand style with a crow-themed brewery. Donít tell him how much I appreciate it, though -- he probably thinks I drink with him because of his rakishly good looks and Iíd hate to see him disillusioned.

Dark pour, brown highlights, brown head. The nose on this one is pretty nice: really roasty with some fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, vanilla, and maybe a hint of coconut. Some Nestle Quick as well, but so it goes. The flavor follows: on the sweet side, strong roasty elements without ever veering into cigarette ash, cookie dough malt. Hops are subdued but make their presence known in the late finish. Abundant carbonation, almost prickly on the tongue.

All in all, this is quite a pleasant surprise. I donít think Iíd buy it regularly if it were available here, but itís also not the sort of chore that you grind through simply to tick another state.

tl;dr summary: SD tick!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Nice, solid porter. Non-sweet. Pretty good roastiness. Pretty good mouthfeel. There are better, but this one is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1992) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Thanks to eaglefan538 for the can and the SD beer. Pour was moderately dark brown, with very thin head. Flavor was roasted malt, caramel and some toffee. Some off metallic flavors. Thin mouthfeel. There was nothing really offputting, but it wasnít great either.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Pour from a can was brown with a weak head and lacing. Aroma of cocoa and caramel. Flavor of cocoa, caramel, strong molasses, roasted toffee. Mouthfeel was mild in body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2014
Can , shared by Cunningham. Dark brown colour with abeige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, cocoa. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (3630) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Received in trade. The appearance had a dark brown to almost black color, one and a half finger white foamy head that dies within less than a minute; some lacing, but not too much. The smell had a roasty sort of coffee to chocolate coming through in a combined sort of way. The taste was a nice bitter roasty coffee taste with a decent chocolate-ness coming through. There is a slight bitter roasty coffee aftertaste with a quick dry coffee-ish finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. Carbonation is good for the style and for me as thereís enough bitterness invading the mouth and tongue but not too much to lead one astray from the style. Overall, I say this is a good American Porter well worthy of having again and also has a decent sessionability to have with its respected food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Can into a english pint glass. Thin palate, quick dissipation of head. Bad aftertaste - not the greatest "highest rated beer from a state." Come on South Dakota - you can do better!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1020) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
c/o mnmike. Thanks again! Very grateful. Aroma - for a porter itís a bit scant on aroma. What does exists is made up of a chocolate, light coffee, and nutty nature. Itís kind of small though. Appearance - body is black/brown; liquid is opaque; the head sets up about 1/4" and quickly rings out. Taste - the taste is immediately somewhat pungent, slightly roasty, there is a bit of chocolate malt to boot. Palate - body is medium to light; texture is between thin and thick; the carbonation is average, but approaching a lively nature; the finish is slightly bitter on the sides and middle of the tongue.

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